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Police Defuse Bomb Outside Ma’ariv

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A police bomb squad safely detonated an explosive device found outside the editorial offices of the daily Ma’ariv at midnight Sunday.

An anonymous telephone caller said the bomb was placed by Sicarii, an extreme right-wing Jewish terrorist organization. No reason was given.

Another caller claimed a bomb was planted near the rival afternoon daily Yediot Achronot, about a half mile away, but an intensive search found nothing.

Sicarii, a shadowy group virtually unknown to the authorities, was linked by the police to the fatal shooting of one Arab and the wounding of two others near the Jaffa Gate in Jerusalem last April.

The group takes its name from Jewish terrorists of the late Second Temple period, so-called from the daggers — “sica” in Latin–they used to murder those suspected of collaborating with the Romans.

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